Social Welfare Community,
We’ve made numerous statements over the years expressing our sorrow and anger at acts of racist violence and murder. As we sit with the news of the murder of Ahmaud Aubrey, words escape us. We are not surprised. These acts of violence are not new. We are heartbroken. For Ahmaud. For Ahmaud’s family and community. For Black and African-American community members mourning his loss, and seeing pictures and videos on social media and being reminded that Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are not safe in this country. Words escape us because these acts just keep happening and our words of support or solidarity are just words. So instead we’re holding space for those who need it. And we’re calling on our white community members, students, staff, and faculty to do more to dismantle white supremacy in all its overt and violent, as well as covert and subtle forms. It is the only way we will ever have to stop finding words to express our heartbreak and anger at another senseless, racist murder.